CAYA Sprouts New Moon Stargazing Guide - January 2017
by Michelle Selvans
Happy New Moon! In the coming week or two, if you have a clear sky and a chance to go out after sunset (7pmor later), we welcome you and your family to spend a few moments getting to know a few special features of the starry night sky that are easy to see this time of year:
If you're out at 7pm on the dot, and you look to the south, or slightly southeast, you can find the largest collection of bright stars in our night sky there. You might recognize Orion the Hunter, or the three stars that make up his belt, which point down to the brightest star in our night sky, Sirius (also called the Dog Star), just above the horizon. You might also know this constellation-and-bright-star pair by the names Osiris and Isis. Either way, the collection of bright stars around and including them are a treat to behold!
If you're out before 9pm and look west, you'll get a great view of the brightest object in our night skies, our planetary neighbor Venus, with Mars nearby, just a bit higher above the horizon (at 7pm, they'll be pretty high above the eastern horizon).
The following star chart can help you find these, and more: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0eHm8febNcNU25lQkZ2VjNLVzk5MTZzNmQ5Uy1KcTFpeVdV/view?usp=sharing
Make sure to line the direction printed on the edge of it up with the direction you're actually facing, and know that if you're looking after 9pm the stars will have rotated a bit from where they're shown. Also, this chart works best in the contiguous 48 states of the U.S., and other locations at similar latitudes - you might want to find your own chart if you are elsewhere on our Mother Earth.
Blessed be your stargazing!
If you enjoyed this and would like to connect deeper with the stars, our magical community and the children of the world, please join CAYA Sprouts in our monthly “Children of Promise” New Moon working!